A Non-Naff Halloween? Sorted. This is from my good friend, the genius Marcella Kroll:
Celebrating the Witch’s New Year
As we move into another season, and October gets closer to November, many begin to shift their attention to the festivities associated with this time of the year. Some may celebrate Halloween, Samhain, or Dia de los Muertos. For many Witches, myself included, it is also the beginning of the spiritual new year. A time of letting go of what no longer serves you, and starting with a fresh perspective for the New Year. Whether you are Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, Atheist, or Pagan, there is one thing most can agree upon, and that is, it’s the most wonderfully spooky time of the year.
Another common thread throughout all faiths is the practice of remembering our ancestors and those that have left their physical bodies. In a mystical sense, the veil between the living and the dead is said to be it’s thinnest during this window of time, October 31st – November 2nd. During this window, we can receive messages, guidance, support, and wisdom from those that have passed. It is also a perfect time for honoring our loved ones, as it is believed that they can hear our prayers, petitions, and dedications.
So here are a few suggestions, and ways that I like to celebrate. How do you like to honor this time of year?
Create an Ancestor Altar for those in your family, and/or for those that have passed on. Include pictures, cards, letters to them, candles, flowers, things that they may have loved while they were living.
Be with Community and celebrate the changing of the season together. You can organize a spirit circle, clothing swap, potluck, and/or sharing of stories to connect and show support for each other’s endeavors and intentions for the New Year.
Organize or Attend a Fire Ceremony. Through Fire Ceremony we can release any people, places, beliefs, or things that no longer serve our highest good. You can do this solo or with a group. Here is a simple, but effective way to create a ceremony.
In a fire place, fire pit, or fire safe cauldron/pot, you can create a small fire*. Write a list of whatever you would like to let go of. Call on the 4 directions, Your Guides, Ancestors, Angels, or any Protector Spirit Guides you work with. Ask them to be present and hold support for you, as you release that which no longer serves you. Recite what you are letting go of to them.
Then put your list in the flames. Watching and allowing it to burn away any connections or attachment. Once burned, thank all that you invited for being there, and holding space for you, and this releasing ceremony. (*When working with fire, please always make sure to use all safety precautions, and never leave burning items unattended).
Image: Eiko Ishioka